Why Obesity is as dangerous as Malnutrition


The other day I was surfing through some lifestyle channels and my eyes caught a certain program where they show the life of people battling various physical conditions. In the particular episode, they were showing about a young man in his late 20s. What shocked me was he had a totally blown up body, was completely bed-ridden and weighed about 600 pounds. It is an alarming body weight for a young man.

This is not a rare story in today’s world. About one-third of the world population, today is plagued by obesity. Everyone might not be that overweight, but they have a weight and BMI that is multiple times higher compared to their age and height. Obesity has become chronic and leads to a number of associated life-threatening diseases like diabetes and auto-immune diseases.

Health Experts from around the world have said that obesity poses similar dangers as malnutrition. How do you describe malnutrition when you first hear the word? You get familiar images of some famous photographs of withered children hunting for food from some barren land or shortages of food from around the world.

But what you generally miss out on is that overnutrition is also malnutrition. Why? What is the cause of obesity? Besides some underlying health conditions that might lead to obesity, another cause of obesity is poor eating habits. Overindulgence in junk food, soda, intake of unhealthy fats easily piles on unwanted layers of fat under the skin. Either an imbalance or an excess of proteins and micronutrients in food can cause obesity. Besides adult obesity, childhood obesity is catching on fast as it is increasing at a 30% faster rate in all developing countries.

There are a number of studies and analysis on obesity around the world and they are well documented across various mediums. Obesity increases the risk of developing a number of serious chronic diseases and health complications like -

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cancer
  • Osteoarthritis

In the present scenario, the statistics of diabetics have increased four times compared to a few decades back. In 1980, 108 million people around the world were affected by diabetes, whereas the number has dramatically blown up to 422 million in 2014.


How to Combat Obesity:

Obesity can be controlled for a majority of people. Since it is the result of poor food intake and lack of exercise, a change in lifestyle is enough to fight the negative outcomes of obesity.

  • Have a balanced diet that includes all the essential nutrients from proteins to carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Have controlled portions. Don’t overindulge in any particular nutrient.
  • Drink lots of water and include fibers in your diet to curb hunger and stay fuller for a longer time.
  • Start exercising according to your body type.  Yoga is great for kick-starting your exercise routine.


A controlled weight will improve your quality of life and increase your lifespan.

Beat obesity to feel better!


Source Link: https://www.newsdeeply.com/malnutrition/articles/2017/12/15/obesity-and-malnutrition-two-sides-of-one-crisis-2





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